There is no question that the GOP has gone the way of the dinosaur. Beginning in 1854 the party was a force for progressive change in the United States. It does not hold the same ideals today. The truth is that there are two parties on the right side of the aisle and a party divided cannot stand.
How the Republican Party has changed. The purpose for its formation was to combat the extension of slavery into Kansas and Nebraska. The GOP was also focused on modernizing the economy. It became a force in the north but had little existence in the south.
The one constant in the party’s history is its support of big business. However, it no longer represents small business owners, professionals, factory workers, farmers, and African-Americans. Republicans supported banks, the gold standard, railroads, and tariffs to protect industrial workers and industry. Today their focus is on Wall Street and huge corporations.
The demise of the GOP is the result of the growing TEA Party; a single minded party supported by billionaires such as the Koch Brothers. Its members have shunned century long principles and have forced their own agenda on the American people. Because of its existence, Washington is in total gridlock, and working class Americans are feeling the pain.
There are two absolutes within the party of conservatives; John McCain will never be president, and Rand Paul wants to be. These two Republican notables are involved in a less than gentlemanly verbal war; they have even resorted to name calling. I couldn’t be more pleased and more amused.
Mark Salter was McCain’s Chief of Staff, and a senior advisor during his failed presidential campaign. He had this to say about Mr. Paul: “(Rand Paul) is deceitful, immature and a fringe figure whose views ensure he has no chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination.”
Paul’s senior communications director, Brian Darling, said in a statement that people should “disregard a ‘screed’ from a guy who helped President Barack Obama win two terms.”
This all began when Paul told the Daily Beast that McCain had met with terrorist members of the Islamic State.
Glenn Kessler is a fact checker for the Washington Post. He wrote a rebuttal to Rand’s statement and stated that it was a complete lie.
“Even if he doesn’t have a prayer of being elected president, Rand Paul still deserves opprobrium for his libels, and a little more skepticism from reporters who think he’s something new in Republican politics. He’s not,” Salter wrote. “Both parties have always had their share of conspiracy fetishists among their ranks. Some professed so openly and some tried to obscure their views. None were ever nominated for, much less elected, president.”
This feud began in 2013 when McCain called Paul, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, of Michigan, “wacko birds.” Even if Senator McCain was right, (and I believe he was), it was divisive for a party already in a fragile state, and has no worthwhile leaders.
All of this infighting is bad for the Republican Party, but it is also one of the reasons why the American people are disgusted with politics in general. Polls demonstrate that most Americans are displeased with both parties, reinforcing the prediction of a low voter turnout in the 2014 midterms.
The idea of a viable third party has always seemed like a good idea. Now we have three, but two of them are funded from the same wallet. I like the idea suggested by Mike McCabe of the Wausau Daily Herald. He presents the idea of a ‘first party,’ a party that is ‘worth a damn,’ and ‘owes its allegiance to the people.’
He believes the time is right for the citizens of our nation to take back their country. Approximately 75 percent of American voters refuse to align themselves with either of the two parties we endure today.
As for the GOP, it can only be resurrected if splinter groups such as the TEA Party are surgically and permanently removed. Neither the Democrats or Republicans represent the people of our nation, but a party divided cannot stand.